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Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Action Age Comics, the guys behind Awesome Hospital and Monster Plus, have put the long-awaited first issue of their action-adventure series, The Hard Ones up as a free download on their site! Go give it a look-see!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Vampire? Check. Nazi? Check. Costume? Check. Ah, Baron Blood...so easy to use, so hard to get right.
Baron Blood, by virtue of continuity, comes with plenty of story attached. And by Baron Blood, I mean the first one, not Dr. Strange's brother or the anemic fellow or the blonde. I mean the skinny, rat-fanged English adventurer turned vampire-servant of the German war-machine, John Falsworth.
Now, Falsworth wasn't strictly a Nazi, per se, only working with them in order to fulfill his primary objective, i.e. screwing with England. It's a big part of his history, but one that has, I think, come to overly dominate the character's concept. Falsworth, at his base, is essentially Dracula's proxy; a sentient plague unleashed by the Master Vampire on the homeland of his enemies.
Think about that...Blood is a weapon in a war spanning centuries. His every action should be bent towards his one overriding impulse-to destroy England. Siding with the Axis was one way, but these days there are plenty of others. Consider the recent 'Vampire State' story from Captain Britain and MI13. Dracula, ever the master-strategist, had, in fact, planned for his (temporary) defeat and, in the spirit of scorched earth, resurrected his most prominent English convert, John Falsworth, who, being an Englishman of noble blood, needs no invitation to the British Isles, thus bypassing the protective spells cast on Quincy Harker's skull (I'm not explaining that-buy the trade).
Baron Blood, the ONLY vampire in England, thus becomes something of an undead terrorist, striking at England in a variety of ways-social, religious, economic. Perhaps he converts the entire population of a council estate, unleashing them on their neighbors in a tsunami of blood and fire. Or maybe he takes control of a bank manager, or a member of Parliament, etc. and employs them to cause damage in strange, specific ways, like using the bank to create a hidden fund to support super-villains, say.
Too, play with Blood's powers some...he's been augmented by strange Nazi science, so he's no stranger to mad technologies and esoteric alchemy. Imagine a Baron Blood with Deacon Frost's ability to create blood-clones of himself or others. A Baron Blood who knows the control codes for the Red Skull's doomsday weapons hidden on the Channel Islands. A Baron Blood who uses ancient magics to resurrect a demonic William the Conqueror and his corpse-army and set them to re-invade England.
Blood should be at the center of a British-based web of deceit, corruption and danger. A monster whose malignancy stretches across centuries, and whose sole goal is the utter ruination of a nation. His every plot and scheme should be bent towards bringing Britain to its knees...
Basically, what I'm saying here is that Baron Blood should be the central villain for a new UK-centric super-hero book. Seriously, just bring back Union Jack, okay? Is that such a big deal? That's all I'm asking.
Friday, September 16, 2011
It's out! I'm pleased to announce that my novel, The Mark of Terror, is now available for purchase. You can read the official press release here, if you like, or buy the electronic version of the book here.
I'd suggest you do both. Just for completeness' sake.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I meant to post a link to this earlier, but things have been a bit busy...regardless, a pal of mine named Tommy Hancock has posted a ten page look at a comic he worked on several years ago with artist Stephen Holcomb. Tommy's considering giving the book another go, so why not go take a look at the ten page teaser for 'TOM MORROW AND HIS THREE DAYS!' and drop your thoughts in the comments over there if you've got the inclination?